New-to-me authors so far in 23!!!!

Last year I did a monthly post about new-to-me authors I’d read and by the end of the year I had read 50! I thought that was pretty good going!

My posts were off the back of an idea from Lucy at Bookworm Blogger!

This year, even though I want to track this, I thought I’d do my posts quarterly instead of monthly (but I’ll see how that goes!)

Anyway……here is my first post and I’ve read a huge 22 new to me authors so far!!!!!

I think this is mostly in part to me reading books off my actual tbr and also book box subscriptions, library borrows and Netgalley.

Here are a few of the 22!!!!

Alexandra Rowland
Catherine Curzon
Clara Kumagai
Nita Prose
Ashley Postin

JJA Harwood
Sarah Hawley
Maya Ibrahim
Rachel Gillig
Hannah Kaner

Have you read any new to you authors yet?

TTT – Books for People Who Liked Author X

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: Books for People Who Liked Author X

This was really hard for me because I don’t really tend to compare authors and stories. I know what I like and that’s it. So I’ve put a little spin on this and that’s authors who write the same genre that I really enjoyed!!! (Is that lame?!!)

Kristen Ashley -> Anne Malcom
Tessa Bailey -> Ali Hazlewood
Cora Reilly -> Cara Clare

Rachel Gillig -> JJA Harwood
Holly Black -> Cassandra Clare
TJ Klune -> Casey McQuiston

Adult romantasy
Amelia Hutchins -> Katee Robert
Sangu Mandanna -> Sarah Hawley
Raven Kennedy -> Jennifer L Armentrout

What would you have picked?

The Sunday Post – 26th March 2023

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

The clocks have gone forward and I know tomorrow I will mainly be tired!!!

It’s been a good week, nothing much done apart from work and school for my son – sometimes those are the best weeks!

The books I read are below but note that 2 of these books I started the week before but didn’t manage to finish in time for last update, I finished both the day after!

What I’ve Read

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

What Lurks Between the Fates by Harper L Woods

🎧 The Liars Crown by Abigail Owen

🎧 Reputation by Lex Croucher

New arrivals

Gothikana by Runyx

You might have missed…..

Review – The Coven by Harper L Woods
Unboxing – Fairyloot YA: February 23
Review – Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Unboxing – Illumicrate: February 23
Challenge – Beat the Backlist: 1st update

What have you read lately?

Beat the Backlist 2023 – 1st update


Do you have books on your to-read list that already released? Do you struggle to get to those backlist books with all the new releases each year?

Join in with Novelknight’s 2023 challenge!

I set my goal at 20 this year with a caveat that these must be on my actual tbr with a date before 31 December 2022 and not bought/borrowed before this date!


To hit my goal I really needed to have read 5 backlist books from my list by now and am happy to report I’ve read 12 so far! I think, if I carry on reading my backlist at this rate, that I’ll need to up my goal!

Here are my reads!

1) Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn
2) The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
3) The Luminaries by Susan Denard
4) The Dead Romantics by Ashley Postin
5) Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo
6) Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
7) Heartstopper volume 1 by Alice Osman
8) A Dowry of Blood by ST Gibson
9) What Hunts Inside The Shadows by Harper L Woods
10) The Roommate by Rosie Danan
11) Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
12) Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Are you doing BTB? How are you getting on?

Illumicrate Unboxing – February 23: INTO THE FIRE!

February theme – INTO THE FIRE!

Items are inspired by The Poppy War, Legendborn, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, and there’s a fandom neutral item as well!

💛 Lighten the Darkness Water Bottle designed by @rosdottir
💛 Celestial Kingdom Book Light designed by @chattynora inspired by DotMG
💛 Phoenix Book Jacket designed by @pauhami inspired by The Poppy War
💛 Pendragon Zipper Charm designed by @aylesasworld inspired by Bree’s pendant in Legendborn


Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao

Exclusive cover
Digitally printed edges
Full colour hardcover printing
Endpaper artwork
Bonus content

Review: Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Title: Little Thieves

Series: Little Thieves #1

Author: Margaret Owen

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

‘Little thieves go to the gallows.’

Vanja, the adopted daughter of Death and Fortune has taken over Princess Gisele’s life, thieving, so she can make a break for it but she has attracted the attention of junior prefect Emeric Conrad!!!!

On top of that she also has an evil fiance, Aldalbrecht, and also a curse to deal with!

With a small crew, they try to find a way to beat it all! 

I must admit I found the first 15% hard going but after that, I got into it and loved it!

I loved Vanja, she is so naughty but so likeable. Emeric is so lovely! I want a prefect!!!!!

Now I can’t wait for Painted Devils as I need more Vanja and Emeric!

Fairyloot YA Unboxing – February 2023: MORALLY GREY!

February theme – MORALLY GREY!

How far would you go to achieve your goals? Would you abandon your moral compass? Tread the line between good and evil? This box is dedicated to the characters whose motives are questionable, but their goals are clear… and they will stop at nothing to reach them!

Items inspired by From Blood and Ash, Once Upon A Broken Heart, These Violent Delights and The Black Witch.

🖤 From Blood and Ash Foiled Mug designed by @avendellart
🖤 These Violent Delights Pencil Case designed by @chattynora
🖤 Foiled Art Print by @rosiethorns88 – Jacks and Evangeline
🖤 Snow Oak Pendant from The Black Witch Chronicles designed by @jezhawk
🖤 Tarot Cards – Taha and Qyad from Spice Road


City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer

Exclusive cover
Digitally sprayed edges
Endpaper art by @avendellart
Hardcover artwork by @avendellart

Review: The Coven by Harper L Woods

Title: The Coven

Series: Coven of Bones #1

Author: Harper L Woods


Raised to be my father’s weapon against the Coven that took away his sister and his birthright, I would do anything to protect my younger brother from suffering the same fate. My duty forces me to the secret town of Crystal Hollow and the prestigious Hollow’s Grove University—where the best and brightest of my kind learn to practice their magic free from human judgment.

There are no whispered words here. No condemnation for the blood that flows through my veins. The only animosity I face comes from the beautiful and infuriating Headmaster, Alaric Grayson Thorne, a man who despises me just as much as I loathe him and everything he stands for.

But that doesn’t mean secrets don’t threaten to tear the school in two. No one talks about the bloody massacre that forced it to close decades prior, only the opportunity it can afford to those fortunate enough to attend.

Because for the first time in fifty years, the Coven will open its wards to the Thirteen.

Thirteen promising students destined to change the world.

If the ghosts of Hollow’s Groves’ victims don’t kill them first.

Dark, delish and full of witchey goodness and vamps!

Willow goes to Hollows Grove University on a mission….but she gets more than she bargained for in headmaster Alaric Grayson Thorne, aka Gray.

I can’t say too much about the plot without the dreaded spoilers but I will say it’s full of the best S’s….secrets, surprises and schexy times!

It also has my fave character ever in and I (internally) shrieked with joy…but my lips are sealed!

If you love adult, dark, paranormal/fantasy with a good plot, fleshed out characters, tension and spice, then this is the book for you! I need to know what happens next!

The Sunday Post – 19th March 2023: a busy week!

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

It’s been a busy week! My car was serviced, there was a 2 day teacher strike, I had to hunt down gluten free gravy granules and I had an office day! And to top it off some reform changes came in work that we were not expecting and we had to scramble so I am mentally worn out! Today is Mothers Day in the UK and got some nice chocolates I’m going to munch on soon and relax!

Shadow and Bone season 2 came out this week, I didn’t managed to watch any in the week but caught up on a couple yesterday!

What I’ve Read

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

🎧 Waters Wrath by Elise Kova

🎧 Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton

🎧 Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

New arrivals

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao

City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer

You might have missed…..

Review – Never Never by CoHo and Tarryn Fisher
Review – A Dowry Of Blood by ST Gibson
Feature – Books I want releasing April
Review – The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by SA Chakraborty

What have you read lately?